Written by Chris Slade
The Birds are back in Baltimore and tonight game kicked off a three-game set with the Angels and featured Chris Tillman and Jered Weaver on the mound. The Angels scored first on an RBI single in the top of the 1st on and RBI single by Josh Hamilton but Adam Jones tied it back up in the bottom of the 1st with a solo home run. JJ Hardy singled in another run to put the Os up 2-1. The Angels scored two more in the 2nd, highlighted by a Kole Calhoun RBI double.
Annnnnd the Orioles answered right back with an RBI double in the 2nd by Manny Machado to tie the game 3-3. Hank Conger put the Angels up 4-3 with a sac fly in the 4th but Nick Markakis hit a three-run tank off the foul pole to give the O's a 6-4 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Hamilton homered in the 5th and drove in the tying run inthe 7th on a single. The game would go to extras tied at 6-6 until Machado ended the game with one swing of the bat in the 12th.
Chris Tillman pitched a gem last Wednesday in a duel with Jered Weaver but tonight was a different story for both pitchers. As usual, Tillman had his 1st inning hiccups tonight, allowing a run to pass in the top of the 1st. A throwing error from Tillman himself led to two unearned runs scoring in the 2nd inning. He worked an 8-pitch inning in the 3rd and struck out two in the 4th after allowing two leadoff singles. He got three flyouts, with a Hamilton solo home run sandwiched in between in the 5th and was done after the inning ended. Despite the rough start, Tillman was able to give the Orioles five innings and actually left with a chance to win before the Angels tied it up in the 7th.
Final Line: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 6 K, No Decision
The bullpen was busy tonight with Tillman leaving early and the game going to extras.
Brad Brach worked the 6th inning plus two outs in the 7th inning and was charged with the tying run that scored on a single from Josh Hamilton off Brian Matusz.
Matusz was removed after one batter and Tommy Hunter got the final out of the 7th. He then proceeded to retire the side in order in the 8th with two strikeouts.
Zach Britton pitched a scoreless 9th, allowing a single and striking otu a batter.
Darren O'Day was summoned to work both the 10th and 11th innings and retired all six batters he faced in dominant fashion.
Ryan Webb picked up the win in this extra inning affair. He kept the score tied in the top of the 12th and Machado took care of the rest.
The power bats showed up tonight with five of the Orioles ten hits on the night going for extra bases, three of which left the yard. The lineup showed a remarkably patient approach against Weaver, who usually has sharp command but was a bit off tonight. They drew four walks against him and came up with timely hits early and often to reclaim the lead the several times. This was an exciting battle to watch between both offenses tonight in the early going.
Delmon Young got the call to DH and picked up a 3-for-5 game. When called upon, he delivers.
Nick Markakis had a 2-for-5 game, including the big three-run bomb off the foul pole.
Manny Machado also finished 2-for-5 and came up with the big solo homer to win it in the 12th.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
We had two throwing errors of the E1 variety tonight. The first was charged to Chris Tillman in the 2nd inning when he overthrew first base allowing David Freese to reach and Howie Kendrick to score.
The second went down in the 8th inning when Tommy Hunter allowed Kendrick to reach when he overthrew first base. This time, the mishap didn't cost the Orioles a run. Thank goodness.
Key Moments In The Game
Adam Jones hit a solo bomb in the first that provided a quick response to the Angels grabbing an early lead and set the tone for the Oriole offense to respond several more times to the Angels scoring.
The Angels had already reclaimed the lead on three different occasions int his game when Nick Markakis stepped up to the plate with two on in the 4th inning. His three-run blast, which barely stayed fair, proved to be a huge difference maker in the game as the O's were held scoreless from then on until the 12th.
The key moment of them all: Manny Machado's walkoff blast to right-center that improved the Orioles to 10-3 in extra innings.
Other Notes/ Musings
Adam Jones became the first Oriole hitter to have four consecutive 20+ homer seasons tonight since Rafael Palmeiro.
Machado on his 1st career walkoff: "Once I hit, I knew it was out and the excitement ran through my body. First one. I got chills running around the bases."
The Orioles are now 13 games over .500, a season high. Love it.
Just two more days until the non-waiver trade deadline passes. We shall see if the Orioles make a significant addition in that time. Last year, they picked up Bud Norris at this time, in case you don't recall.
The Birds are back at it tomorrow with a two talented young righthanders in Kevin Gausman and Garrett Richards scheduled to pitch.
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